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Ancient Egyptian bestiary: Dolphins
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The dolphin

Dolphin vase - Source: Bourriau op. cit.
The Dolphin vase
Middle Kingdom
Source: Janine Bourriau: The Dolphin vase from Lisht

 
    Dolphins abound in the Mediterranean and were often depicted in Minoan and Greek art, but they had little impact on the ancient Egyptian culture. Egypt was centered around the Nile rather than the sea. It should come as no surprise, though, that it was a Lower Egyptian nome, the sixteenth with its capital at Mendes, that was named Dolphin.
Bibliography:
Janine Bourriau: "The Dolphin vase from Lisht" in R. E. Freed ed., Studies in Honor of William Kelly Simpson, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Vol.1, 1996
 

 
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